There's nothing quite like the world of Owl City.
The ever-expanding creative domain of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young instantly welcomes all with its sunny harmonies, lush electronics, and lithe melodies. The creative architect of this place rode a veritable wave of inspiration in early 2014, rolling back to shore with his most expansive body of work yet—a series of standalone EPs. His world just got even bigger and brighter…
In the midst of a touring whirlwind in support of 2012's The Midsummer Station, Young arrived at an important realization. He decided to tackle his most ambitious creative undertaking to date.
"I wanted to try something new and get a steady stream of music out to the fans over the course of the next year," he says. "It was a change of pace, and it just felt like the right plan to release the EPs and then the new album. The EPs are like short stories that collectively add up and tie together for the full-length."
As soon as he got off the road, Young made a conscious return to his roots. Holing up at home in Owatonna, Minnesota during early 2014, he feverishly began to write by himself, harkening back to early releases Maybe I'm Dreaming  and Ocean Eyes  in the process.
"There was a lot of collaboration on the last album," he explains. "I loved that, and I learned so much, but I wanted to get back to basics. I needed to isolate myself in the studio and get in the zone. This is quintessential Owl City. I worked hard to marry the original 'old school'—if you could call it that—melodic influence from 2007 with the tips and tricks I've learned over the years as far as production goes. It's a blend of old and new sounds. That's the vision."
As a result, the first EP, which releases June 27, evokes that spirit fans know and love, while treading new territory. Starting with the single "Beautiful Times", buzzing production gives way to an instantly irresistible refrain as Young's voice takes flight.
"That's actually the first song I wrote when I got home from tour," he goes on. "I was recharging my batteries, so to speak, and I tapped back into some of my initial inspirations. I let my daydreams run wild and approached the song by writing purely from imagination instead of pulling from a specific scenario. It's a great snapshot of my own progression personally and musically."
Personally, Young has grown into a prolific pop presence. His breakout single "Fireflies" from Ocean Eyes is certified six-times platinum, and it landed at #1 in 26 countries. Moreover, it's generated sales of 10 million tracks globally. The Midsummer Station yielded the double-platinum smash "Good Time" featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, also a Top 5 hit in the U.S. Meanwhile, filmmaker Zack Snyder [Watchmen, 300] sought out Young to pen the theme song for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, while Disney tapped him for an original composition in the Academy Award-winning Wreck-It Ralph. His tunes have also been featured in The Croods, Veggietales, and Smurfs 2. Peers including Armin Van Buuren and Paul Van Dyk also reached out for collaborations.
It always comes back to the same thing for Young though. "I want everybody to take away an uplifting vibe," he assures. "Dig a little deeper and let the message resound. I hope people walk away with a sense of optimism. I'm always in my own world, and this is my way to invite everyone in."